Founded in 1991, LAAAWPAC is the first African American women’s political action committee formed in the state of California.

As a political action committee, we support progressive pro-choice, pro-LGBT, and pro-progressive issue candidates–both women and men who are committed to the causes important to Black women.

LAAAWPAC has raised and donated over $1M to local, state, and federal candidates.

In addition, we educate voters, endorse candidates, and mobilize volunteers so LAAAWPAC-backed campaigns win!

Board of Directors

Ingrid Palmer


Velma Carr-Marshall


Celestine Palmer

Founder & At-Large Member

Gwen Coley


Marisa Hall

First VP Programs

Star Thompson

Membership Chair

Sandi Cook


Lena Brown

Hospitality Chair

Jimmie Woods-Gray

At-Large Member

Shakari Byerly

At-Large Member

Joy Atkinson

At-Large Member

Gail Willis

At-Large Member

Join Our Board

Interested in joining the board of LAAAWPAC? 

We are looking to fill 4 seats on our Board of Directors with community members who believe in the power of Black women to lead transformative change in our political system. 

Our expectations are simple:

  • Partner with fellow board members to implement strategic plan and continuously improve our organization
  • Commit to increasing visibility of our work
  • Attend Monthly Meetings
  • Make a Personal Gift
  • Support with Fundraising to achieve financial stability goals


Ready to join! Click here to complete our application.